Executive Committee, 869th Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
9:30 a.m., 205 E. 42nd Street
Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes
  3. Old Business
    1. Spring Conference
  4. New Business
    1. Agenda for Council of Faculty Governance Leaders
    2. Questions for Chancellor at lunch
    3. SPS Becoming Free-Standing, Degree-Granting
  5. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.
    2. Chair

Lunch with Chancellor Milliken begins upstairs at 12 Noon


The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Terrence Martell, at 9:00 a.m. in room 1002 of Board Headquarters. Also present were:  Kathleen Barker, Manfred Philipp, Kay Conway, Jay Weiser, Karen Kaplowitz, and Emily Tai.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes of March 10, 2015 – Adopted as proposed.
  3. Old Business
    1. Spring Conference – Good progress in planning was reported.
    2. Statement on Experiential Learning requirement – Noted.
    3. Draft Statement about faculty assignment of own textbooks – A draft of a policy was presented by Profs. Kaplowitz and Pecorino was approved by the Committee. It would be forwarded to the FGLs first, and might eventually be submitted to the plenary.
    4. Guidelines for Promotion, Tenure, and Reappointment – At the last FGL meeting, it was learned that some activity was taking place on campuses to write or publicize such guidelines, but it wasn’t clear that faculty were being involved. There was discussion about whether the UFS could or should collect all these policies and publicize them. Profs. Martell and Barker would ask VC Waters whether an attempt is under way to redo all of these guidelines and, if so, how it is being done.
  4. New Business
    1. Approve Plenary Agenda – It was noted that the Charter revision would need 84 votes at the plenary. The draft agenda was approved.
    2. Chair of Academic Freedom stepping aside temporarily – Prof. Alexanderson had injured his back and decided he must step down for the rest of the year. Prof. Weiser, the liaison, would act as chair for the remainder of the year.
  5. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Chairs of Advisory Committees, etc.: Prof. Conway noted that the SPS governing board had voted to make SPS an independent college. Sophie Davis is also apparently being spun off from CCNY.
    2. Chair – Prof. Martell had spoken with each standing committee chair to discuss the progress they were making with their mandates. He gave updates on the EVC/Provost search (it failed but should reopen soon), the experiential learning proposal (the Assembly had rejected it), and progress the budget office is making in approximating central costs (they are nearly through).

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Phipps